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Weather roller coaster wreaks havoc across the state

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Rain, flooding and now snow. This weather roller coaster is causing problems all around our region. Temperatures dropped Tuesday evening, so the heavy rainfall switched to snow. Rivers are spilling their banks, roads are underwater and culverts are being washed out. The majority of counties in Vermont are under a flood warning and officials urge people not to drive or walk through flooded areas.

"We expected it through the weather forecast, but when it did happen it came on fast. So there was no time to react," said Tom Ellis, who lives on a road that was flooded.

Ellis says within an hour the small brook on Cloverdale Road in Underhill became a roaring force, washing out a culvert and most of the road.

"We had a lot of rain, we had a lot of snow melt off the mountain, and it came down and overtook the small brook that would normally be four feet lower than what it is right now," Ellis said.

The flood waters forced people in 40-plus homes that live on the dead end to park their cars and walk.

"It's very scary. And we have elderly people that live up on the street. It's unpredictable this time of the year. There's not much we can do," Ellis said.

Many parts of our region are feeling the effects of the heavy rainfall and melting snow. In Enosburgh, officials shutdown Route 105. They also closed Route 118 in Montgomery where water spilled the banks.

Many of our viewers reached out to us on Facebook, sharing photos of flooding across the state. Like one in Stowe, where a car was completely surrounded. And another on Hunter Road in Johnson  was completely gone. More major washouts in Orleans and in Kirby on Mud Hollow Road.

Across the lake, parts of New York are also underwater, like the town of Champlain. It's dealing with submerged roads and water levels creeping up toward homes. Officials are reminding drivers to stay off flooded roads.

"I'd turn around and go back because you don't know what that pavement looks like underneath. Right now we can see the pavement so we know there's no big holes or pavement lifting," said Robert Anderson of VTrans.   

Authorities are also urging people who live near rivers and streams to watch for a sudden rise in water levels and avoid flooded areas. You can be swept off your feet by just six inches of fast flowing water.

There are a lot of roads currently closed and VTrans officials say Lamoille and Caledonia counties are some the hardest hit areas.

Click here for the Vermont 511 online map of road closures.

You can also find road closures on the VTrans Facebook page. Click here for that.

Click here for tips from Vermont Emergency Management on how to prepare for floods and deal with them.

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